Balenciaga’s Track.2 Is Even More Over-Engineered Than the Original
Would you like more overlays with those overlays?
Why It’s Hot: Excess has never been more excessive
- Countless overlays hold your foot in place
- No, really—that foot isn’t going anywhere
- A retro-yet-futuristic puzzle of a shoe for the 1%
Style: High-end casual
Last fall, Balenciaga released the Track.1 trainer, a high-end dad sneaker with layers of overlays thicker than the shoe’s nine-story midsole. Now the Spanish fashion house is coming out with a follow-up—the Track.2—to ramp up the extravagance.
While the running shoe market moves toward simplified one-piece uppers, the trainer-adjacent Track.2 rebuffs minimalism in the form of overlays on overlays, forming a patchwork grid of mesh and leather that seems to go on forever. The shoe features 176separate pieces, according to Hypebeast, which could be an attempt to justify its (likely) outlandish cost by offering more for more. The Track.1 found a customer base willing to pay $850 for its nine-piece-sole extra-ness, so there’s a market for this type of running-inspired casual couture footwear.
This iteration boasts an extremely caged upper, reinforced round toe, rope laces, and a high-rise tricolor rubber outsole, to name just a few of the apparent 176 parts. Hard-to-miss logo details can be found at the tongue and near the ankle. Three faux-distressed colorways will be available: multi-tonal white, multi-tonal black, and the colorblock shade pictured here.
Fans of chunkiness and excess can cop the Track.2 when the shoe drops on Balenciaga’s website on June 25. Neiman Marcus had some for sale this week, but they’re already sold out.